Outfielder Andrew Brown has signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, according to a team announcement, and will receive an invitation to Spring Training. Brown, 28, has seen limited time in the Major Leagues over the past two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies.
Originally an 18th Round selection in the 2007 Draft, Brown first made his MLB Debut during the 2011 season with the Cardinals, only to be claimed on waivers by the Rockies after the season. This past season he appeared in 46 games for the Rockies, seeing time in both outfield corners, hitting .232/.302/.429 with 5 HR over 126 plate appearances. He spent the bulk of the season with the organization’s Triple-A affiliate. He hit .308/.364/.597 on the year in the minor leagues, adding 24 HR and 98 RBI in 100 games. Flush with outfield depth, the Rockies elected to let Brown reach free agency at season’s end.
New York has yet to sign any players to a Major League contract this winter, only bringing in options on minor league deals. With uncertainty in their own outfield makeup, however, Brown could stand a viable chance at winning some playing time if he is able to produce during Spring Training. At the least he could head to Triple-A initially, with a chance at seeing time in New York before season’s end.